[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] 2nd Call for Posters and Participation: IEEE/RSJ IROS Workshop NAFIMA 2015

Jessica Burgner-Kahrs burgner-kahrs at mzh.uni-hannover.de
Mon Jul 6 05:49:23 PDT 2015

*IEEE /RSJ IROS Workshop NAFIMA: Navigation and Actuation of Flexible 
Instruments in Medical Applications*
/*Full day workshop, October 2, 2015*//*, Hamburg, Germany*/

Minimally invasive interventions are a key motivation for medical 
robotics. Particularly, small and flexible instruments as well as 
needles are a promising alternative as those devices combine less trauma 
and high precision for diagnosis and treatment. Placing the probe or 
treatment device directly into the target tissue may result in superior 
focality and fewer side effects. However, the access via natural 
orifices and cavities or through soft tissue is challenging, 
particularly as the properties of the tissue are patient specific and 
often not precisely known in advance. Typically, deformation and forces 
have to be considered during placement of the instrument.

This workshop addresses a wide range of challenges when developing 
actuated flexible instruments for medical applications. Ranging from 
motion planning to image guidance and navigation, the topics of interest 
cover key aspects of intelligent robotic systems. We encourage 
scientists in the field and particularly young researchers (graduate and 
Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows) to submit a 2-page extended 
abstract on their recent results, novel work, and ideas to be presented 
as a poster during the workshop.

*Topics of Interest*
- Actuated needles, catheters, and flexible instruments
- Continuum robots and tendon-driven manipulators
- Image-guidance and navigation for flexible instruments
- Motion planning for flexible instruments
- Physical simulation and FEM
- Pose and force sensing for flexible devices

*Important Dates*
- Two-page extended abstract deadline: *July 24, 2015*
- Notification of Acceptance: Aug 14, 2015
- NAFIMA Workshop: Oct 2, 2015 (full day)

Researchers wishing to present their ideas and recent results at NAFIMA 
workshop are kindly requested to submit a 2-page extended abstract (IEEE 
Conference Format, Templates: 
http://ras.papercept.net/conferences/support/support.php), including 
figures, tables, and references. Please submit your extended abstract as 
a pdf file via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nafima2015

Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to give a Poster Teaser 
Presentation (5 min) and discuss their research with the workshop 
participants in the scope of a Poster Session. The best poster will be 
chosen by the workshop participants and awarded with the NAFIMA Best 
Workshop Poster Award.

Extended abstracts will be published online in the NAFIMA workshop 
proceedings on the workshop website.

*Further Information*
Website: http://www.cross.uni-hannover.de/iros2015

Dr. Jessica Burgner-Kahrs (Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Germany)
Prof. Alexander Schlaefer (Technical University Hamburg Harburg, Germany)

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